Talking some more about moving meditation and riding a fluid trainer.
Obviously we're talking about engaging body and mind and 'stealing' energy from watching videos and tv'.
Having the trainer all set up in your study with the TV and monitor allows one access to a variety of shows, live and taped. To protect the floor I
use a rubberized, padded mat you can buy at any bike shop. Fluid trainers are exceptionally quiet and have had a big improvement over the years,
reaching maturity and reliability as a fitness product.
One thing that may be overlooked by many fitness buffs and mind trainers is the idea of 'catching your abilities at a peak'. If all you need to do
is put on your shoes and climb aboard, you can easily an quickly enter the 'aerobics' zone where the mind is sharp and concentration is
One thing that I've learned about by body rhythms is that my energies ebb and raise, peak and trough. I can see this by tracking my workouts and
giving a 'psyche value' to the day.
Here's an example from 2006. It's a confusing morass of numbers now, but what is meaningful to me are the color codings. The darker, oranger and
blacker means my times are coming down and my intensities increasing. It shows a peaking trend. Notie the peak dates in black highlights on 9/23 and
on 10/10/06 where there's an even stronger peak. Thus even two years later I can look at my log and see my peaks and troughs at a distance. Knowing
my rhythm helps me to plan and to know what I can expect out of future workouts.
The key here is to catch your peak and schedule your challenging workouts to coincide.
The way I do this is by closely spacing my workouts. One thing that is nice about a fluid trainer is it is very safe and one can recover from a
workout in about 4 hours, even a hard one. And, it's very good for active recovery, or rides at 70% or less HRM.
I measure intensity by looking at a chart which converts into watts and I also measure by wearing a Heart Rate Monitor (Made by Polar). Then I track
watts and HR looking for improvement and particularly for overtraining. (It's very difficult to over train this way, unlike running. However keep in
mind it's important to do weight bearing exercises also. I'm just focusing on the use of the fluid trainer as a mind-body exercise.
You want to have the strongest body-mind connection and here you reap the most benefits. The mind soars and the body follows.
Next I'll talk a little about association and disassociation type workouts.
I hope I'm getting my thoughts across, though I realize I may be typing to a niche audience here.
[edit on 14-8-2008 by Badge01]